It’s been a busy couple of weeks for the music industry in Nova Scotia, with the Creative Nova Scotia and Music Nova Scotia Awards being handed out recently. And now, three Halifax-based musicians – Amy Brandon, Avery Dakin & Jah’Mila – have all released new music in recent days.
Amy Brandon – Simulacra
Nova Scotian composer Amy Brandon‘s cello concerto, Simulacra. Recorded in January of 2023 with cellist Jeffrey Zeigler and Symphony Nova Scotia, the work was conducted by Karl Hirzer in a live performance as part of Upstream Music’s Open Waters Festival at St. Andrew’s United Church in Halifax.
Now available on Bandcamp and Soundcloud Pro, the single is the first release from a new album anticipated in early 2024, which will include chamber pieces by Brandon performed by Quatuor Bozzini, Ensemble Paramirabo, Chartreuse Trio, and the Alkali Ensemble.
Avery Dakin – Day Dreaming
Halifax pop/R&B singer-songwriter Avery Dakin has released a cover of the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin’s Day Dreaming. Recorded live off the floor to tape at Halifax’s Fang Recording, the single is now available on streaming platforms.
Jah’Mila – East Coast Family
Fresh off her two wins at the 2023 Music Nova Scotia Awards and the Black Artist Recognition Award from Creative Nova Scotia, Halifax singer-songwriter Jah’Mila has released her new single, East Coast Family.
Also available on multiple streaming platforms, the song was recorded across several studios in Nova Scotia and Kingston, Jamaica. The fusion of hip-hop, reggae, and Celtic music features Aquakultre, Wolf Castle, and Wendy MacIsaac.